Braham girls survive Tech, Rough Riders to to to 10-0: The Braham girls stayed perfect on the season at 10-0, but to get there they had to survive a 79-76 scrap with the aptly-named Rough Riders of Sioux Falls Roosevelt in the Dec. 28 matchup at St. Cloud Tech’s Holiday Classic.
“It got a tape from the Pierre, South Dakota TV station where the Roosevelt coach was complaining about how the Tech Tourney’s pool was set up, something like he didn’t think his team was going to get good competition from either Fairmont or us. So I played that interview for the girls on the way over, using that as a little bulletin-board primer before this game,” said Bomber Coach Tim Malone. (For the record, the Rough Riders defeated Fairmont by only a 58-47 edge on Thursday).
Bomber senior Becca Dahlman withstood a shot to the jaw on a first-half breakaway and repeated solid picks set by the Riders to score 37 points, grab 15 rebounds and dish 8 assists to be named to the All-Tourney team along with senior Kayla Nickles (17 points/6 rebounds vs. Roosevelt).
“That’s what I live for– I love these physical games. We had fun; I mean, we battled,” said Dahlman. “We were up by 20 in the second half, then we didn’t score for the longest time– just got too relaxed. I give Roosevelt credit. They got in our heads. They were physical. They did not back down. It was fun playing against those girls.”
The Riders’ largest lead came at 30-23 in the first half when they successfully ran inside cuts with their taller players. But Jaclyn Hollenkamp found Nickles and Dani Braund on sweet inside feeds, Nickles popped in an offensive board, and Dahlman nailed consecutive ‘3s’ which all helped create a 41-37 Braham lead at the half.
Down the stretch, Sioux Falls (5-2) hit a three-pointer to cut it to two, then Dahlman made one-of-two free throws for the three-point edge in the final seconds. The Rough Riders got off one last shot from the arc which bounced off the back rim, and Braham’s Jenna Winter took a shot to the noggin which knocked her to the floor after the buzzer sounded. Winter finished with 8 points, and Braund scored 10.
“This tourney was great. It allowed us to sleep in our beds between games. We just came ready to play, and we just got to keep moving on,” said Dahlman.
Braham 63, St. Cloud Tech 50
Dahlman scored 21, Nickles hit for 17, and both Hollenkamp and Braund scored 9 points when the Bombers knocked off the host Tigers in the Dec. 27 tourney opener. Dahlman and Braund both grabbed 10 rebounds, with Dahlman (6) and Winter (5) leading in steals.
“It was a pretty good team effort yesterday. St. Cloud Tech was missing a very solid post player with an illness. So we were prepared for a little better team than the one we saw. We were ahead by 23 at one point in the second half and kind of let things coast down to the end,” replayed Coach Malone.
GRC Girls Basketball: Braham 3-0, 10-0; Isle 4-0, 6-2; Rush City 3-1, 4-3; Aitkin 2-1, 8-2; East Central 1-2, 3-4; Hinckley-Fin. 1-2, 3-5; Ogilvie 1-3, 2-6; Pine City 1-3, 2-6; Onamia 0-4, 0-7.